FryDAY – J

Jenna:

Okay so I’ve been on a budget. It’s been AWESOME. I used to think budgets were only for if you financially struggle, but the truth is we ALL financially struggle whether you have any expendable income or not. Our family needed serious reform and discipline as we save for big things in our future and we were spending way too much on frivolous things. We’ve cut our spending in HALF the last two months and it doesn’t even feel too hard. Just being aware of it has been truly life changing. What would you say are your biggest budget tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments because we are still trying to improve!

One thing I’ve started doing is going through all my clothes and selling them on a cool app called PoshMark. I made $800 on things I haven’t worn in months and it feels so good to purge! I still have way more to do but you can follow me there @jennaskitchen if you’d like!

With that money I decided to take half and buy a couple new pieces for winter.

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WEARING:

I’ve been obsessing over all of these ripple stitch sweaters and dresses ASOS put out. They’re so comfortable, cozy and flattering.

I posted a little sneak peak of the dress I’ll be wearing for Holiday pictures and I’ve got to share the love cause it’s perfect for your Holiday parties and when I woke up this morning found out IT’S ON SALE. Do size up though. It’s probably best I get these pumps to complete the look right?!

I’ve also been telling people all over the Internet to buy this sweater. Every color is divine but the red is specifically incredible for the upcoming Holiday season!

I’m putting these sneakers and on my Holiday wish list.

TRAVELING:

We just got back from 5 days in Costa Rica! I won the trip for the work I do with The Daily Essential Co and it was SUCH a treat. I am seriously obsessed with CR, I have never been to Central America so it was a unique experience. Andrew and I celebrated 11 years married too so it was a fun time to get away and adventure. Traveling is our all time favorite thing to do together. We zip lined, horse back rode in the jungle, dipped in natural hot springs and jet skied in the ocean. I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful rejuvenating time!

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Here are some looks I wore for the trip, all of it I’ve owned and loved for a while:

READING:

On Emily’s recommendation I read “What Alice Forgot.” More like I listened to it, I love Audible. Super easy listen and a good lesson book.

LOVING:

I am obsessing over the new Aura picture frame. This thing is seriously legit and my dream come true. For so long I feel like all my pics were floating around in outer space and now I get to have them in one unique space – I seriously love it. This would be the perfect Christmas gift and the frame is stunning.

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Seedling

Kicking off our gift ideas this Holiday we knew we had to start with Seedling. You’ve heard our philosophies about giving experiences over things, although sometimes those can be hard to unwrap come Christmas morning! Seedling is the best example of doing this well because it’s a perfect little package that packs fun for your whole family, so we’re so excited to partner with them today!Seedling - Gift Experiences Not Things It taps the creative side, fine motor skills, imagination and story-telling and so much more. They recently launched their new line with Disney which of course makes it all the more fun recreating elements of their favorite movies! Here’s a few we tried out!

Seedling - Gift Experiences Not ThingsDesign Your Own Bear Mask and Paws! Comes with everything you need to look just like Baloo, felt, glue, pre-cut shapes and more! Seedling - Gift Experiences Not ThingsDesign Your Own Dragon,  how cute is Sunny’s Elliott? This easy to make DIY kit comes with wooden dragon, paint, faux fur, and more to paint and create a dragon all your own.Seedling - Gift Experiences Not Things

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Design Your Own Fintastical Mermaid Tail from the Little Mermaid! This comes with with tulle, glitter glue, shells, stars, and more, this easy to make DIY kit has everything you need to design your own magical mermaid tail just like Ariel!

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Mermaid Tail - SeedlingOf course Seedling packs everything you need to finish the kit which we LOVE! No melt-downs when you start the project to realize you don’t have any white glue. But, come one, how cute is their glue?! Every detail is so darling and well thought out!Seedling - Gift Experiences Not Things

Of course Seedling has loads of other themed kits besides this new Disney series, you can find them all right here!

Target Holiday

Don’t we all love snagging a few new pieces to add to our Christmas Decor collection each year? I know I do, and I have loved watching my collection grow over the years. So much of my decor is from Target, so this year I wanted to pull together all of my Target Faves! Sharing early this year since things sell out fast lately and right now they’re offering 20% off decor! Hurry over!

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Buffalo Check Stocking // Grey Faux Fur Throw // Tree Blanket // Tree Garland // Boxwood Wreath // Copper Wire Ornaments // Tree Skirt // Stocking with Poms // Brown Wrapping with Trees //  Monogram Gift Toppers // Scallop Gift Boxes // Honeycomb Side Table //

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Laundry Schedule

This post is brought to you by Maytag, all opinions expressed are our own.

By Emily.

I think it’s safe to say for the majority of you readers (and us) laundry is a nemesis. The least favorite household task, the never-ending, nagging, particular and finicky job of keeping our family’s clothing clean. What if your washer or dryer could fit infinitely more laundry than it does now. How about 22 towels in one load? I just got butterflies.

Exhibit A: 22 Towels:Maytag Top Loader - Fits 22 Towels!Maytag’s new top loading Washer and Dryer is the largest capacity washer with agitator in the market. It has an agitator and a deep fill option to really soak your clothes and get even the crustiest situations out. I personally love the detergent tray that slides out, I always hated looking at that in my old washer, with the build up it just never looked clean, but this stows away and keeps it looking brand new!Maytag Top Loader - Fits 22 Towels!Their dryer has moisture sensors to ensure that large loads are evenly dried. Especially helpful if it needs to sit in the dryer for awhile after (guilty!)Maytag Top Loader - Fits 22 Towels!My favorite feature next to the size is that it has a steam dry setting. I have long preferred steaming my clothes to ironing and instead of putting it the bathroom with me while I shower, or plugging in my large steamer, I toss it in on a steam setting and it refreshes like a charm!Maytag Top Loader - Fits 22 Towels!

Mixing a washer and dryer like Maytag’s with good old fashioned organization we feel more excited than ever to figure out this task. So first, I wanted to get to the bottom of what laundry looks like for those of you who feel on top of it, or at least aren’t re-washing the same load three times because you forgot and it started to smell bad.Laundry Adventure

After polling our readers and friends I got the answer, over and over: a load a day. I can hear the groaning from here! We also got a resounding solution if you’re a working parent  and that is doing all of it one day a week, but that it will take you all day and there’s no getting around it.

Now, here is where we part ways. Those I polled all seemed to say that they pre-sort into darks and lights and then pull from a giant pile of everyone’s belongings and wash them all together.

I don’t do this. I do it by the person. And that is mostly for the reason that I know exactly where to find X,Y,Z belonging. If Hayes needs his jersey I don’t need to sort through huge piles at varying stages of being sorted, washed, dried, folded, I just go to either his dirty pile or his clean pile or his closet. Knowing where everyone’s XYZ item is gives me a lot of peace of mind and a better sense of control over the situation.

I wash all my air drying at once so I know just to pull it all out of the washer and hang it up instead of trying to sort as I transfer to the dryer. I’ve shrunk far too many sweaters to pull that rookie move again!

I do all my sheets, towels, pillowcases together because that load is easy and actually fun to fold and put away. I do this load on the day I dread laundry the most because to boosts my confidence. 😉 Look at me I’m doing laundry!

Back together again for the folding. Have your kids put their items away. Have them match all the socks. Get the piles out of your hair and off your mind!