FRYday

So happy to see the weekend here! With Monday off + Valentine’s Day ahead we have no plans but taking it super easy. Here’s what we’re thinking about this week:

NICOLE:nicfry
I used to snowboard quite a bit when I was younger, but making the switch to skiing this season! I am loving it! Such an exciting way to get through these tough post-Christmas Winter months! WEARING: These overalls are slim fit and tuck right into my boots. Love the zipper options, too! I know I’ve shared it before, but this jacket is still perfect for all Wintry occasions.
MOMMING IN: Loving these sneakers for going out and about or just cleaning at home.
OBESSED: If you need a scent to get your man this Valentine’s or really any old reason, this is it! Smells amazing.
SLEEPING IN: I live for a good pajama set. I look forward to getting into them everyday! This set from Target is so cute and dirt cheap.
EMILY:
FRYday

Wearing: Asos Maternity gives me life. So many super afforadable, on-trend pieces! I wear this skirt tucked over my belly at least once a week. $21, can you beat that? // Obsessed with this Poppy lip Kendall Jenner is repping. It might more for a brunette, but I don’t care. I ordered this dupe from Topshop for half the price. Both are amazing!

Reading: It’s my turn to pick which book we read for my book club this next week and I need recs! So far the top of my list is She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy, Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff. Help!

Listening: Loving the Reply All Podcast! I am not very far into yet, but every episode is charming. Super funny and smart and based around technology, but you hardly notice it just feels really topical to life in the 21st century.

Decorating: Is 20 weeks early to be nesting? I have been organizing and cleaning like mad. We don’t even know the gender yet (finding out in 4 more weeks, trying to wait a bit longer this time around) which is making it hard. First up was making some changes to the room that we are in the most – the big open space that is our dining and family room combined! Traded our huge rectangle dining table for a more sleek Tulip table, I love the round so much more and its so much more compact! And a big enough Coffee table for all of us to snack, play toys, and kick our feet up on.

Watching: Have you partaken of the beauty that is BBC’s War & Peace Miniseries? OH MY!! It’s on Lifetime too so you can catch it On Demand, but I loved every second. It’s so beautifully shot, the acting was pretty amazing and it leaves out all the lengthy social commentary that made it so hard for me to read in college.

Feeling: I have got the SADD hardcore this year. This Winter is a slow death when you can’t really do anything outside safely as a big preg! We’ve got a trip planned for each month until we can guarantee warmth (May, womp womp) hopefully to keep our (my) spirits up!

JENNA:smallfry

WEARING: I never thought I would be caught DEAD in leopard pajamas but now these ones I was gifted are seriously ALL I WEAR. I’ve had thousands of pairs of this exact PJ, but I’m telling you the Leopard print is somehow softer, cozier and obviously more obnoxious which I’m always about. OBSESSED.

I haven’t splurged on a good swimsuit in a while but I think a sleek black one piece is always worth the $$. Love this one I recently got! It fits so awesome!
I’ve been doing some major Lululemon shopping lately (I’m not proud) but they always seem to get me. The best new pair I have are the high times. I’m SO OBSESSED. They tuck me in the places I hate and make me feel so cozy. They are my workout pants, my errand pants, my traveling pants, my everything pants. And that’s how I justify the price!!
READING: I’ve recently started reading full length books to my kids because they’re obsessed. We got this edition of Harry Potter and they love it because it’s illustrated! While they’re still learning how to imagine, these pictures help them capture the magic!
I’ve been looking for a parenting book to help me as my boys get older. They’re really getting to an age of understanding and I need to be able to communicate with them better. So far the lessons I’ve learned from this book are really valuable. I recommend buying the actual book because there are prompts and workshopping that helps you.

xoxo art

We’re so sad this is pretty much the last of our Valentine’s Day content this year! We always love this time of year on the blog. Nicole whipped up this oversized art for her home as a way to decorate. We loved this idea so much!XOXO ArtJust grab your most Valentine-y paint a brush and butcher paper.XOXO ArtAlternate X and O with your paints and let it dry.XOXO ArtTape it up on the wall and you’ve got yourself a nice little backdrop for more decor or a great little piece of art!XOXO Art Love never goes out of style, rightXOXO ArtAnd Lolly’s out. XOXO Art Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, everyone!

bomb valentine

We had a couple different readers write in asking for last minute Valentine’s Ideas! When you don’t have a printer and you don’t have time to swing to the nearest Print Shop, here is something you can make with household items (at least household items for us, you know, a kid’s craft blog, ha!)bomb valentine

You’ll need red paper, tape or glue, and pipe cleaners! If you’ve bought pipe cleaners once, you will still have these for 20 years, so go digging through that craft box! They’re never-ending!
Bomb Valentine Then just wrap the paper around the pipe cleaner and your favorite stacked round candies – Sweet Tarts, Mentos, Rolos, and tape or glue in place! Get your kiddos on writing up a quick note “You are the bomb!” and you’re done! Just repeat 20+ more times. 😉Bomb ValentineWe’re also loving this idea from Minted, where with scrap fabric and a few designs you have a custom treat bag! Their step by step is here.Last Minute Valentine's

guest bath re-do

By Emily.

Today on Home Depot’s blog you can find my family’s brand new guest bathroom! My husband owns a construction company, so this was basically his dream partnership. Finally a store he can get behind. 😉 Between his hard work and Home Depot’s awesome selection, it turned out so awesome!Home Depot Reno In fact, it makes the rest of our house look pretty lackluster so we’re going to have to do something about that. 😉 Head to the post here to see the before (cringe!) and after, the step by steps and also all the products we used to put it together!  Bathroom Reno First, this project was all about testing out their new line of Fusion Pro grout. It’s pre-mixed which is so handy and so much less mess. It also dries faster which makes projects so much quicker without the waiting game. The grout is also anti-microbial which is so great for bathrooms because it resists stain, mold and mildew! Here’s a list of all the products we used for this project and why we love them:Home Depot Bathroom Reno

  1. For the wall tile we picked these Delano Blanco tile sheets. They’re a mix of stone and glass and I loved that it brought in lots of shades of gray and whites.
  2. Metro Gris tiles for the floor! They have the faintest light grey lines through them which added interest, but don’t distract.
  3. Spacers! A quick and easy purchase that makes setting tile that much faster. We used 1/16th inch.
  4. Redgard an absolute must for prepping walls that will be exposed to moisture everyday!
  5. You already heard about this awesome grout – we used Delano Grey for the floors and Bright White for the walls.
  6. We had such a back-and-forth time deciding on a mirror. Finally we realized this Moen mirror pivots so it can accommodate our shortest patrons. Such a good price, too!
  7. Venturi’s Tub and Shower Faucet and matching sink faucet. We love the brass and gold trends, but this brushed nickel matches the rest of our house and was such a great price.
  8. We hadn’t updated this bathroom’s fixtures since it was built in 1998(!) and even something small like updating the lights and faucets made the whole space feel brand new again. Hampton Bay 4-Light Panel and Edison Bulbs!
  9. I knew I wanted a wood slab vanity which Russ whipped up custom and this Kohler sink was the perfect complement.NCC_9036
  10. The Lyndall Collection by Delta was a tough cookie to track down, Home Depot shoppers in our area are loving it, too! It’s perfectly minimal and sleek and popular for good reason. We used the towel bar, hand towel ring and paper holder.NCC_8986I will echo my thoughts from the post on their site, if you need a small space like this bathroom to look bigger, go for floor to ceiling tile. It made such a difference!

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This post is in partnership with Home Depot a store we love and frequent for all our home needs. All opinions and selections are our own. Find our Guest Post here!

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Valentine’s Picnic

You’ve already seen all the amazing elements to this Land of Nod Kit from this post, but we forgot to share the actual picnic! There’s such things as dessert picnics right? There are now.
Valentine's Picnic It was truly just an excuse to get all our fun Valentine’s Day decor out! Spread out a blanket, get your heart shaped sandwich cutter for lunch, and give our latest dessert concoction a try!Valentine's PicnicAll you need are a couple churros and your favorite ice cream! Simply wrap the churro around itself and tuck the corners in, sort of like a pretzel. Then sandwich the ice cream with the other churro and you’re set! A delicious take on an ice cream sandwich!Valentine's PicnicValentine's Picnic Valentine's Picnic Valentine's Picnic Valentine's Picnic

Our favorite Valentine’s Day decor:

Striped Throw // Heart Candy Tray // Heart Shaped Waffle Maker // 3 Plate Set // Striped Bags //

FRYday at Alt

Today’s FRYday is all about our weekend at Alt Summit! This being their last conference in Salt Lake City (basically our hometown) and also Emily’s 30th birthday we knew we wanted to make it happen. We have such great memories at Alt in the passed and this year was no exception. Next year in Palm Springs is sure to be the same! Here’s what we packed:Alt Summit

JENNA:

WEARING: 1. I am obsessed with this top and I just discovered it in white too! Need them both .And at this price point it’s totally doable. 2. Look no further, I have found THE PERFECT T!!!! YES it’s expensive, but look you’ve bought 12 black tees this year so let’s just count this as the one that will last forever okay?! BUTTERY soft, perfect length, perfect cut on the arm. Perfect. Just perfect. Okay? Stop worrying and just do it – you’ll thank me later.

3.Okay obviously black was a huge theme for me this year because I”m still dealing with a post baby body I’m not familiar with. Black helps take the guessing game out too! It’s always stylish and classic and everything goes together. I haven’t taken the plunge on a good pair of jeans in FOREVER and I’m so glad I did. There really is such a difference in a quality pair of denim. Seriously I LOVE these.
USING: Answering a ton of questions here, because I recently did a Periscope on my makeup routine and I want to break it down for y’all who watched!
 Jenna's Makeup Routine
This Primer gives me LIFE. It gives such a beautiful glow to your skin. I love it so much. NARS Sheer Foundation is a came charger. I’ve been wanting a foundation with more coverage and this totally does the trick without being too heavy! This concealer is my favorite because it has a perfect yellow tune and calms down red spots and is LONG lasting – seriously the pot will last you a life time, mine has lasted two years now. This TARTE blush in tipsy and BB Bronzer are also a favorite!! Of course you need Anastasia Brow Pomade but to take it next level invest in the brush – I Just did and I don’t have ANY idea why I didn’t before.Alt Summit
EMILY:FRYday
For our first dinner I wore the thing I wear pretty much everyday (thanks to Nicole for the find!) a swing turtleneck with Jcrew Toothpick Maternity Jeans and Over the Knee Boots. It’s so great for the stage when your belly isn’t nice and round and still a little flabby. It hides it all! I got every color from Zara, but they’re gone now – sad! Asos has a few similar styles that are crazy cheap though. // For our day of classes and meetings I wore this floral dress, these split shaft boots (which are the best deal in town and such great quality!) and this two-tone cross body bag! // Then for the Starrry Night party I kept it easy in all black but made it special with these glitter platforms! Such a steal and pretty comfortable, considering.
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[With our Chapbooks and Raising Wild fam! Check out  RW’s  new suit – perfect for V-Day, no?]
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You all know how I love a bold lip so I alternated between Pure Zen
during the day, and Diva and So Chaud at night.
Also it should be noted that we received the most amazing gift bag from our dinner with Collectively! I’ve been using all the products since and wanted to share:      Collectively Swag
Bare Escentuals new line of facial care. This cleanser gets my face feeling so clean an soft and the moisturizer is one of the few I’ve tried that doesn’t feel like it leaves a film or residue. Also been loving Kleenex’s new exfoliating pads and make-up removing cloths. The packaging is so great, too. They also gave us a few products to try from Living Proof! Jenna has been raving since she worked with them for this post and she’s right, everything is amazing! Also another gift to note is the Rosy Lip balm from Vaseline. I love anything rose and this has been vital for my dry Winter lips. You can get it at any drug or Target style store.
NICOLE:Fryday
WEARING: I’m on an Overall kick – love this pair! For our first Alt dinner I wore it with this perfect tee. // The next day in my favorite high waisted denim with this rad sweater. It’s only $35 and still comes in every size, which is such great luck! // And for the evening those favorite high waists in black with my new (old) obsession: the body suit! It’s so feminine and slimming for a high waist pant. Love this one, and I have these two (1, 2) as well! I wore a version of these boots all weekend long, mine are sold out but these are awesome, too!
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Feed Me! Valentine’s Box

By Emily.

Oh man, we’ve been laughing about this DIY since it was hatched. Hayes loves to be creative with me and plan out projects. We were talking about what kind of Valentine’s Box he’d want for his party at school and he worked this one out pretty much all on his own. It’s totally whacky maybe even a titch disturbing, but he and Cal are both so proud and can’t wait to show their friends, so really what more needs to be said? They can’t all be perfectly beautiful, sometimes they gotta be weird, too. So, with that, we give you: The Feed Me! Valentine’s Box:Feed Me! Valentine's Box

Here’s how you’ll do it:

First, take a high resolution picture of your kids in front of a pretty plain wall and tell them to open up those mouths nice and big. Then print them out at your local print shop on a 100 pound semi-glossy cardstock. They can recommend their best material, but for sure something photo quality! You’ll want their faces to be about a foot tall and just about the same wide, simply so their mouths are big enough to actually fit Valentine’s in them. I printed these onto 11×17.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxCut their faces out and carefully, their mouths as well. Leave their lips or they’ll look even more insane. 😉Feed Me! Valentine's BoxOnce their mouth’s are done you can sort of map out on their actual Valentine’s box where the mouth hole will match up. Using a knife or scissors mark a dotted line showing where the mouth will go. Then use a serrated knife to cut out the cardboard.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxCover with duct tape. We always go for the duct because it reinforces the cardboard and makes it that much sturdier for transport.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxNow affix the face. Lots of tape, hot glue, whatever you prefer. Feed Me! Valentine's BoxTo keep the face from bending and to allow it to stand on its own, back the picture with a BBQ skewer or paint stirrer. Tape it in place and stick the skewer down far enough that its sort of planted between cardboard and the picture.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxThere you have it! We’ve been storing ours in the garage and it actually scares the crap out of me every time I pull in!Feed Me! Valentine's Box

 

Love Around the Web

February 1st!! We are officially kicking off our Love Day marathon. What could be better than a holiday celebrating love that gives an excuse to decorate and dress in excessive amounts of pink?? NOTHING. See our favorite Valentine picks from around the world wide!vdayroundValentine’s Party Decor // Heart Teether // Heart Kid’s Scarf // White Heart Banner // Big Heart Dress //  Tiered Heart Dress // Heart Tulle Dress // 100% love blanket // Spearmint Love Heart Blanket // Heart Jumper // Heart Flutter Swimsuit // Heart to Heart Rug // State Heart Pillow Metal I Love You banner //