Let’s just revive the hash tag #merrileedoesitagain. You know what a fan I am and so I had to share her collaboration with Wren & James! Sweetest pinafore dresses for your girl with dolls in matching dresses (SHOP HERE.) Did you hear Fraulein Maria singing that last line or was it just me? Check out this amazing shoot:
Since Amazon likes to make a girl sweat check back on this post for PRIME DAY deals added as they go live! If you haven’t already subscribed to Prime now is the time, such great deals and they let me know that this year alone I have saved $500 in shipping costs and 80 trips to the store. WHOA!
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Radio Flyer wagon (small size is only $15!) is $30 off!
Instant Pot is $40 off! Under $100 — This thing has like 20k 5 star reviews. Unreal.
70% off roller Samsonite suitcases. SCREAMING!
$90 off the Echo “Alexa” that’s 50% off people!
20% off additionally on these $100 or less cribs. Tried and tested by a friend of mine and it’s great and such an easy modern style! Comes in like 9 colors, too! So many other cribs at 20% off as well here!
I ordered BOTH of these dresses, they look like the perfect dress for any occasion! Save 30% more at checkout!
25% off Coleman Products like this tent we use and love!
The Paperwhite which for someone who NEEDS a hard copy of a book I have heard from many friends that this is the closest you can get to the real thing while still having the convenience of a reader. $30 off!
This hand vacuum was our #1 seller from our Prime Day deals last year, too funny! Its a must for quick clean up and I keep mine in the garage for getting car crumbs. $45!
I’ve been partnered with Ergo since I had Raleigh and we’ve come to rely so much on our Ergo carrier. He is SO heavy (close to 30 pounds) and this is the only way I can still wear him! He is a crib man too so he doesn’t really sleep in his stroller and with three naps a day in Summertime the only way I can stay out adventuring with the big boys is to use the Ergo 360 so he can get some rest and stay his usual happy guy self. And another added plus is their new pattern with artist Keith Haring!! You all know how much I love the arts- books, music, fashion, plays, poetry, all of it. This is so exciting! MORE ART, PLEASE! How come no one ever talks about art anymore? Or maybe they do and I just run in the wrong crowd. 😉 Well today I am changing that, let’s talk about art, baby!
I am sure you’ll recognize Keith Haring’s work right off the bat. He has such a personal stamp that can’t be duplicated. His work got huge in the 80’s and his signature pop-street-neo-expressionist art has been popular ever since!
And now it’s on my favorite Ergo Carrier! Woot woot! I love being able to have this wearable art piece that is bright and loud and fun! You’re never going to blend in while wearing your darling bouncing baby, so why try? I am so glad I have a few more pounds to wear Raleigh because when that window closes I will be so sad!
Since I need more art talk in my life I am asking and can’t wait to hear! Who are your favorite artists, from now or before? Do you have a favorite piece?
I’ll share mine two favorites after the jump otherwise this post is gonna get long! Read more
First things first, I have a few of you on the hunt for a good Intellibed deal since I reviewed mine last year. I heard they are doing a mattress closeout sale in stores!! Call first to check availability but 30% off is amazing!! Our 10% off deal is still live too, “smallfry10” if you can’t find the mattress you need at 30%!
Third and most desperately — I have super narrow feet and working out especially in classes with lots of movement my feet kill after. They strain so hard to stay put in my shoes and it’s a waste of energy! I bought these Adidas NMD XR1s and I LOVE them, the knit keeps my foot in place perfectly. It also has the best traction of any shoe I own and is freaking gorgeous. Comes in this pretty green too!
Any other narrow foot girls out there? I need to find another pair to wear – maybe a more subtle plain black? I am stoked about the print of these but they’re for not exactly versatile since most of my pants are a wild pattern. Any brand, any style, but I just need them to be narrow and maybe that tight knitting?
Have an awesome HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!
Uncommon Goods asked if they could sponsor a round-up of my favorite home goods from their site! That site makes me so happy. So much good, unique design and I love reading about the different inventors and artisans. Here’s my picks!:
- This fruit bowl is so pretty. I love that it has height for the counter too or shelf too. It can be hard to find things with different scales and heights for the kitchen, LOVE this!
- More than the function I love how industrial and cool this Toothpaste Wringer is. Makes leaving the toothpaste out feel a little more purposeful and stylized.
- This magnetic phone mount is so great for either the car or wherever you set your phone down most often.
- When I had corporate desk job before Hayes was born I had the world’s ugliest Dell computer on this hideous plastic riser. It was depressing. Where was this riser when I needed it? I love that if provides shelf space below, too!
- I need two of these pillows for each of my boys’ beds. Maybe my most uttered phrase after 8:30 pm. Losing out only to “GO TO BED!”
- Another great design to leave out on the counter or at your desk. I don’t think it would be as cute with pens though, the colorful pencils make it! Here: Percy the Pencil Porcupine.
- Dead over this bulletin board. Such a good design!!
- Baskets aren’t hard to find anymore luckily but this color and price are for sure unique.
- I bought this Notepaper Roller the second I saw it. I am the biggest list-maker. Ill write something I already did pre-list just so I can cross it off. I have lists everywhere and I love that this is a perpetual roll that you can tear off no matter how short or long the list is.
- I don’t have a cat nor intend to get one but this cat teepee is $35 and amazing. Cat lovers take note!
- Another beautiful piece to display flowers, herbs, or even pens and pencils. The possibilities are limitless! Here: Caterpillar Vase.
Holland + McKie sent these amazing suits for my boys (all of them!) and it was in these suits where I heard my highest (outward appearance) compliment.”Oh they look like they’re from another era!” As much as I love a good trend, the fashion I admire most is timeless. Where you could be put in any era and fit, nothing screaming any certain place or time. Holland + McKie nails this for men’s and boy’s swim wear. They make suits for men and matching suits for boys which I cannot help myself, they look so crazy cute!It’s not everyday you see a natural smile out of Callum, he’s the king of the Chandler Bing smile when the camera comes out.
Kicking off a recurring book series today! I’ve been sharing my book recs on my Fryday posts for years so if you need a whole bunch you can read them all here. But today is all about books for you to enjoy as well as your little ones. With pros and cons and any reading suggestions I might have along the way. I should also note how I rate my books so we’re on the same page.
EMILY FRAME RATING SYSTEM:
1-star book: I hated both the story, the writing, and everything in between. 2-star: I either hated the story or the writing, maybe one or the other was okay or bearable, but not both. 3-star: I enjoyed both the story and writing. 4-star: I loved both. 5-star: The book changed my life, the way I view the world, the way I live breathe and think.
I do not give out 5-stars lightly! I think I probably have less than 10 that fit that criteria. So it might sound like I am being harsh to some books, but that 5-star rating is a totally personal thing and nothing against a truly great book. I would recommend 4-stars all day long and 3-stars to people I think it fits best.
Read to roll?
BOOK: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi- 5 Stars. SUCH a beautiful book. Man that guy can write. I loved how he weaved literature + neurology together. Such an unlikely match that totally makes sense after reading this book. I bawled through several parts and was glad to be able to mark the passages that touched me the most. This book is super clean minus one part where Paul is working with a patient with a brain injury who can’t stop swearing. 😉 What gave it the 5-star? He made so many incredibly insightful points about life, death, and also having children. I don’t want to blow it so I’ll let you find the nuggets.
AUDIO: Eleanor + Park – I am such a sucker for Young Adult literature with a musical spin. If you’re gonna reference music and bands and authors and poets I am all ears. Warning: there is a ton of language in this, adult themes about abuse, bullying galore, which I never enjoy reading but the story redeemed itself for me in other ways. I am not super sentimental or even a romantic really, so I cringed a lot at their young love story. Even still she gets it right. She illustrates just how it feels to be in love for the very first time and just how different that looks for a boy and a girl respectively. This book got an Audie award and its super enterataining with multiple narrators, character voices (Park’s mom was a fave!) that allows you to really get swept away!
BOOK: This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – 5 Stars. If you are looking for a way to open your child’s horizons without totally bursting their naive safe bubble and outlook on the world– this is for you. It’s tame, but still realistically shows one day in the lives of 7 different kids (aged 4-11) from around the world. Where the sleep, what they eat for breakfast lunch and dinner, what school likes and more. Beautiful illustrations too! My kids were mesmerized.
AUDIO: Wonder is coming out in theaters soon and it reminded me that I had always wanted to read it to my boys! When we played it in the car or while they played in the kitchen (Alexa is practically family at this point) the boys were SILENT. The story captured them and they tuned in no matter what they were doing beforehand, I loved it! It’s a little advanced for them in some parts and I found that they really only held interest in the August and Jack Will sections so we skipped passed some (Via, Justin chapters specifically) but they never seemed like they were confused in the story. The multiple narrators helped the boys keep things straight too which was nice. It’s such an important book for any age to read. Catch it on audio here.
Can’t wait to hear your recs and if you like these titles, too!
Photos by Hunter Fowler.
Petunia Pickle Bottom killing the game once again! They sent this amazing tote my way to celebrate their launch of the new Certified Fair Trade Woven Tote! It JUST went live so hurry over and grab them as they anticipate a quick sell out. (Also let it be known I made it 5 years without putting fresh flowers in a purse, that has to be some kind of blogging record. 😉
Each tote is hand-woven and unique, its got a ton of room inside and its really sturdy. Woven bags can feel fragile, this is not one of those bags. There are two woven interior bottle pockets, easily transitioning to water bottle pockets or cups of soda, fresh florals, whatever your pleasure. This darling little drawstring backpack drops right in or you can bring it separately- perfect for storing toys, or diaper changing gear, or your personal belongings to swap in and out of bags. It comes with their PPB branded wipes case – this one is opaque so you can tell when you’re running out, a removable washable changing pad. The shoulder straps drop down inside the bag so its easy to store. And it comes with these leather stroller staps so you can go hands free when you’re out and about.
Don’t forget the Pom Pom. Spot on color palette and such great accessory to edge out this pretty bag!
Petunia Pickle Bottom has the whole diaper bag thing on lock and they always think of details I’m so glad to have. I used their Pathway Pack the last year and have loved it and am thrilled to carry this chic woven bag for Summer! No one would ever guess it was a diaper bag, that is for sure! RUN RUN RUN to grab this bag – you can find it here!
SHOP THE LOOK:
Embroidered Lace Panel // Blue Gauzey Amazingness // Black Embroidered // Technicolor Dress of Dreams (comes in black too!) // Linen Striped Jumpsuit – with a jean jacket? SO killer. // Just realizing the complete lack of dresses with suspenders. // UGH!! AMAZINGness, under $100 and comes in 4 colors. // I have a lot of buddies with this dress and its so pretty on every single figure.
Now it’s Summer we’ve been loving taking time each day to just go explore. Drive to a new park, head up into the mountains. Today we’re teaming up with belVita Protein Soft Biscuits to share how we hike to make it fun every step of the way!Lately we’ve been snacking on belVita Protein Biscuits since they’re a good source of protein: 10 grams and they taste like dessert!! If you’ve tried as many protein snacks out there as I have you know it’s hard to find that combo! I knew this would be the perfect hiking food because it’s pre-packaged (easy to grab and store!) Here’s what we like to take on our hikes: water of course, snacks, sunscreen sticks for easy reapplication, an instant camera so the kids can grab memories along the way and little jars for their collections.You can find the jars in glass or plastic so they’re easy to transfer, but we love that they don’t damage whatever they find and we can easily display them after to remember the adventure!What snacks do you like to bring along on your outings? The belVita Protein Oats, Honey & Chocolate flavor we snagged is sure to be a hit. Sometimes when you eat something high in protein the taste is off. This is delicious!! Other positives to note: the cookie still has a little softness and crunch, so it you’re not gnawing on a stale cracker, it has a very distinct cookie slash biscuit vibe happening!We’ve officially stocked the hiking backpack with these babies and for your pinning or screen-shotting pleasure, keep scrolling our favorite local hikes for kids! You can buy belVita at any store and we LOVE the blueberry almond flavor as well if you want a chocolate free option!
Find the belVita Protein Soft Baked Biscuits here and at your local grocery store!
Locals if you need some good hikes for any ages here are some favorites around town!
1. Rocky Mouth Waterfall: Rocky Mouth Waterfall is a very short and sweet hike to a nice sized waterfall. Kids can get right under the falls or play in the shallow pools just below the falls. The trailhead starts in a residential neighborhood. As you walk keep your eye out for the two tiny caves the kids will have fun crawling in. Although its short its at a steady incline so take your time. Info here.
2. Big Springs Hollow: The Big Spring Hollow trail near Provo is so scenic! So good for toddlers! This trail is located up the South Fork branch off of Provo Canyon. Info here.
4. Battle Creek Falls: This hike might be the hardest on the list as the end gets pretty steep. But the waterfall is tall and powerful and theres a stream to trek along the way. Totally doable for your smaller kids! Info here.
5. Scout Falls: This hike is harder and longer then some for sure, but still only about 40 minutes up. So beautiful! We’ve heard there’s still snow there so be sure to get some good tread shoes on! Info here.
This post is sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about belVita, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
The true test of 4th of July fashion for me is whether or not we can wear the pieces again. I am all about getting festive and dressing for a theme if I know its a long term investment instead of going in the donate bin. Here’s cute pieces for the whole fam – not necessarily to be worn together, but great starts to Patriotic outfits! Happy FRYDAY!!