Loading the Dishwasher for Kids!

By Emily.

Today I am so excited to share this fun printable in partnership with Maytag! Both my kids are well into the age of chores and helping around the house and I am always lurking around the corner like a crazy person trying to decide how much to help and guide them. Do I let them figure it out, do I show them the way? Do I just re-do it after they’re done if it’s not quite there? Today’s printable will help show them the way while still keeping that sense of independence!Teaching Kids to Load the DishwasherSo, what you will do is (depending on your dishwasher, grab some waterproof tape in a handful of colors! You could also do dishwasher safe plastic colored beads, too! Mark each area with a different color, for instance, we typically put our cups up the skinny rows on the far top sides. So, marking that with blue tape and then on the printable below, you would color in the cups key blue.Dishwasher Key Printable

Once they have the key with them they can very independently load the dishwasher each time! Teaching Kids to Load the DishwasherHere is that Maytag feature I OBSESS over! It’s on their washer that we shared a couple months ago too. Hidden buttons! I love how sleek the front of this dishwasher is. Find their top control models here.Teaching Kids to Load the DishwasherYou open it up to reveal the buttons, SO genius right? I feel like its so much less distracting to the eye.  And of course, like this entire series of Maytag posts — its finger and smudge print free stainless steel! Maytag wins, everybody.Teaching Kids to Load the Dishwasher   Another feature that I have found to be super amazing is their PowerDry option. It eliminates some of the humid air while drying my dishes dry SO much better without spots and streaks. I don’t even need a rinse aid now! They promise 50% better, but in my experience its better than that!Teaching Kids to Load the Dishwasher

See Maytag in action with our Laundry Schedule and Healthy Snack Prep Ideas!

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Winter Essentials: Girls Edition

This winter has been epic! SO much snow, just great skiing and sledding! For those not dressed for the weather though, its anything but enjoyable, right? We want to help you and the kiddies stay WARM!

I tend to buy most things fairly gender-neutral, especially in winter wear. That way everything can be passed down for years and years through sisters and bothers. Here are some items that Utah Kids cant be Utah Kids with out!


Sorel Commander // Sorel with Staps // Yellow Down Puffer // Patagonia Down // Carhartt Beanie // Buffalo Plaid Bogs // Hunters //  Black Snow Bibs //  Non branded beanie // Long Underwear // Mitts

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New Year, New Baby [giveaway!]


As promised here are a few items up for grabs from our favorite gear post yesterday! You can win both a Tuo high chair ($160) which transforms in many different ways to be of use long after your baby outgrows the high chair + Explore and More activity center ($120) that keeps Raleigh entertained for hours from Skip Hop! A beautiful Fawn Design bag ($145!) that holds everything, keeps yours hands free and looks great! And the  Tubby Todd Basics Bundle! ($69) which we all swear by!!

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New Year New Baby: Gear!

Now we get to the fun stuff. Over the next two days we’ll be sharing our favorite gear for babes and mamas and then on Saturday we’ll be sharing all the items you can win for yourself! So, read up today and Friday and then enter to win a huge package of prizes this weekend! Ready to read up?


Fawn Design Bag // We are absolutely obsessed with this bag, you can see how we style it here. It’s classy, chic and no one will even know you’ve got a bag full of binkys and cheerios.

Skip Hop Stroller Muff // This is the best accessory to cozy up your stroller and your baby. If you’re anything like us in a winter tundra….this is a must have!

Baby Brezza Bottle Warmer // Who DOESN’T need a Baby bottle warmer that is Bluetooth enabled? We know we do. This is awesome for bottle feeding but also warms breast milk in a way to preserve nutrients. Win, win no matter how you’re feeding your little ones!

Skip Hop Activity Center // It’s tough to find a bouncer that isn’t totally embarrassing and that’s why we LOVE this one created by Skip Hop. It’s so aesthetically pleasing and your kids will love it! It has a view window for them to peek at their feet while they play the musical keys, items to stack and flip and attachments that pop on and off with ease! It cleans like a dream too!

Tubby Todd Basics Bundle // We LOVE Tubby Todd! This all natural bath line made with essential oils and gentle ingredients is perfect for any kid but especially those with sensitive skin. Use this from newborn to adulthood, this stuff is top notch.

Check back tomorrow for more and then the giveaway this weekend! Wahoo!

Cozy Cheekz

By Emily.

As New Year, New Baby rolls on, here is one NEW product we got to try just for this series!  Up until now, I have never seen a similar product and I think it’s so genius! And for sure lives up to it’s cozy name!Cozy CheekzTo put it simply, Cozy Cheekz makes changing table pads that warm themselves. Simple, but totally innovative! All their materials are so luxe and soft, comes with a travel case so you can carry that amazingness with you as you travel or when they go to Grandma’s house. It comes with a cover sheet that you can wash easily with those Cozy CheekzIt secures to your changing table with the typical straps and then you can control the heat settings from their remote!Cozy CheekzThey also carry this awesome and incredibly soft Cozy Cradle that sits on top of the changing pad and is so ideal for new babies! It cradles them perfectly so they’re less likely to roll and there’s less of those newborn limb movements that startle and upset them during changings. At least my three boys did that, do your babies? This is also detachable and super compact so you can bring it with you everywhere!cc-image1_grandeYou can find Cozy Cheekz right here! Such a sweet and thoughtful addition to any nursery, that adds so much comfort to what is typically my babies least favorite time of the day!Cozy Cheekz

Disclosure: COZY CHEEKZ sent us this product for our honest review, and truly there is nothing not to like! xo – Emily

New Year New Baby: Nursery Art

If you ask me, the Animal Nursery Art trend can stick around forever! As you saw on instagram, that is what we chose for Dash and Sunnys room over the last couple of years. They have loved it, and so have I!

From the photo on Instagram, the Moose Art from Sunny and Dashs room can be found here. The Camel and Deer art can be found here. The Horse can be found here.

The art you hang in your new babies nursery is a big decision! Besides the little baby itself, it is the main focal point when you enter the room. It sets the feel of the room and represents the babies personality in a sense! Here are some pieces from around the web that I think are flawlessly done.


Replacing art with an installation wreath, how stunning! I love this idea and hadn’t seen it before this. More details can be found here.


This Geode by Amy Lighthall makes me drool. I bought it for Dash’s room when we split the boys into two rooms soon here. But I think it would be stunning over a crib or changing table.


This nursery belongs to a friend of mine. Ive loved it since she first shared it. I adore the single color large water color piece. You can see more of this nursery and purchase the artwork here19232ef500ab0cc73bea32759ecf66fb

As I was saying, the animal artwork reins supreme! Details here.

Here are some other Animal Art Shops I love!

Wildbook, Vivid Atelier, Modern Nation Print Mix 


I love this nursery reveal by Ave Styles. A clean midcentury style is always top on my list. This round wooden mirror is a gorgeous sub for artwork for us minimalists.


Want even more minimal? No artwork at all, just a detailed mobile. By Decor Pad

Chair in Dash and Sunnys room here, rug here, lamp here!

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A look back at New Year, New Baby

It’s time to kick off our annual New Year, New Baby week! Each January we devote a whole week of content to new parents, new babies and navigating the highs and lows that come with it, and the stuff. SO much stuff. What we love, what our friends love, brand new  gadgets and tried and true favorites.Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.32.49 PM

But first, here’s what you might of missed in year’s passed:

NEW MOM ADVICE from Ashley of the Shine Project // The Girls With Glasses // Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook // Liz of Say Yes! // Anna of In Honor of Design // Danielle of Sometimes Sweet // Little Baby Garvin // The Brickyard Buffalo Girls // And a whole slew of blogger favorites sharing what They Didn’t Expect When They Were Expecting! Essays on Postpartum Depression.Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.59.09 PM

BIRTH STORIES! Jenna’s crazy birth story, Emily’s crazy birth story and Callum’s birth video:

Cal de Lune // Frame family from Collin Kartchner on Vimeo.

HITS from our ADOPTION series, like this birth mother’s story, this woman was adopted and her story will break your heart and re-mend it.

FEEDING — Gear for Breastfeeding, Tips from a Lactation Specialist, Our Viral post “Why I Chose to Bottlefeed”, Feeding yourself and the first 40 days postpartum, Best meals to bring to a new mom, and baby led weaning.Screen-Shot-2015-01-08-at-8.28.02-AM

NURSERY — Organizing it, The best shared bedrooms nurseries, nurseries that PACK a PUNCH!, Nurseries that are more sereneDIY hacks,  Tips from an Interior Decorator, Lolly’s Nursery, Raleigh’s Nursery, one of our favorite DIYs, still one of our favorite newer inventions,b604f94a85fb33c29f2177643ea370a0

We’ve got so much good stuff in the library, and we hope you’ll enjoy what we have for you this week! Starting with a new addition to our Why I Chose to Bottlefeed series, from our own Emily, below!

Why I Chose to Bottlefeed – Emily

By Emily.

I remember a few years ago, nervously asking on our social media outlets for women to share their stories for why they chose to bottlefeed. I am proud to say it’s becoming less taboo (at least in the circles I run in), but a few years ago it wasn’t always that way! I was BLOWN away at how many women came forward, all saying the same thing — every time I shake up a formula bottle in public, I feel judged. Some women were crushed by it, some angered, some unfazed, but they all felt less-than. At this point in my life I had my two boys, both exclusively breast-fed: Hayes until I got pregnant with Cal at 8 months, and Cal until 16 months. Besides it hurting like hell for the first few weeks, it came pretty naturally in both situations. So collecting these stories I admit, I felt removed, I just didn’t relate, although I empathized. Oh boy did I learn a humbling lesson with Raleigh! Before I launch into the long list of ways breastfeeding was a struggle and at times a downright fail, I want to cut to the moral of the story first. Read more

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Dash and Sunny Winter Essentials

By Nicole.

Being Utah born and raised, these boys know how to do snow, and they love it! Last year they started skiing and we have already dived back in this year! Here are our favorite pieces of winter wear for those ski days, and the everyday Utah winter snow days. I hope this helps any of you looking for amazing pieces to get you through Winter or your next Wintry getaway! Happy Fryday!untitled-3

Patagonia’s Nano Puffers are light weight for fall, but warm and perfect for layering in the winter. We often pair it with a black fleece pullover like the one listed below! // Hunter Chelsea these have been a fun change since each other year they have worn the classic wellington. These are less bulky and Dash really likes that. // The tall boot  is what they have worn all their lives. // Thermal Set this is of course a snow day must // Sorel Boot for the really snowy days // and the Sperry Boot for a more lightweight option  // this is the Snow Bib we use for skiing and playing in the snow // Brodeo Beanie is one of my favorites for me, and I love the way they fit the little boys, too.  // Patagonia Down Coat this one is SUPER warm. // The Synchilla Pullover for layering everyday for school //

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All I Want for Christmas

By Emily.

Last Christmas I was pretty pregnant and in tears complaining to Russ about our mattress.  It was expensive and THE WORST. We had it for probably 8 years and it looked like the tetons with its sinking sides and peak in the middle. I was ready to get a new bed that very day, but my conservative spender husband said he’d only be okay with such a purchase if we researched all options. So we did! For a year we read, tested, asked around, saved up, when finally we decided! I thought any of you out there on the same hunt might like a recap, so let’s go!

But, first, here’s me being super cool posing on my new bed:Intellibed ReviewThe mattress we were on last Christmas was a pillow-top and we knew how that ended up. 😉 So our research began with memory foam. It feels amazing at first, but here’s what I learned with reading up.

  • Foam breaks down quickly (as much as 25% in the first 2 years)
  • Foam compresses and creates painful pressure points and uneven wear
  • Some foams can contain toxic chemicals

Intellibed ReviewThat brought us to gel bed options, and at this point we had slept in an Intellibed at my mom’s Bed and Breakfast The Yardley Inn & Spa in Manti, UT (so cute, if you’re around you gotta stay there!) We loved the Intellibed I knocked their door down to get a review and discount set up for you guys and so gratefully they agreed! (Use smallfry10 for 10% off!)Intellibed ReviewSo here’s what I LOVE about the Intellibed, we went with the Posture Perfect King size:

They have a 30 year guarantee. Our last mattress lasted around 4 years and that was 3 longer than I wanted to keep sleeping on it. So I figure with the guarantee you’re paying pennies a day to sleep on the Intellibed. And then on top of that they do financing options too, which made the investment feel less daunting to me.

After a month of use (it arrived the end of November and yeah right I wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to sleep on it!) I am obsessed with it. It is incredibly comfortable. Since there’s no compressing of foams or pillow-tops you sort of perch on top of the bed,  and it has relieved all my normal pressure points. My posture is better than ever, and I had the worst posture to begin with, and my back just doesn’t hurt when I wake up like it used to. The first handful of days sleeping on the bed both Russ and I were weirded out, it’s a different sensation when you’re used to your tetons bed, it’s not like settling in and getting cozy, it’s an entirely different experience, but one that has improved both our sleep and our back / hip pain.

Temperature cooled — you know the other side of the pillow? That cool refreshing feeling? This bed stays cool all night which Russ LOVES and I never knew I needed it, too!

Another huge selling point for us was that its non-toxic and emits no off gassing. Intellibed has done both their own research and pulled from others and has found that the toxins released from typical mattresses’ off-gassing is attributed to both Autism and SIDS. All three of my boys would end up rolling on their tummies and it freaked me out with the link to SIDS. Eliminating off-gassing gives me so much more relief knowing I can’t always control when they roll not heir tummies but I can control the chemicals and toxins that they might be inhaling while they sleep! I have heard they’re selling crib mattresses THIS YEAR and I can’t wait to grab one. Intellibed ReviewThese are just a few of the reasons, you can read all their features and benefits right here! As always ask me any questions you might have, I know an investment like this can be overwhelming, but I am truly so happy with ours and our decision to go with Intellibed would’ve happened regardless of their willingness to partner up! If you’re looking to buy for you or your kids use Smallfry10 for 10% off! xo- Emily